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Oct. 14, 2003

Cervantes, Renaissance Scholar To Speak At UI Oct. 21

An eminent scholar of Cervantes and the literature of the European Renaissance and Baroque Period will visit the University of Iowa to speak on "Nero's Golden House: Cervantes, Archimboldo and the Grotesque." Frederick De Armas, Andrew W. Mellon Professor in Humanities at the University of Chicago, will speak at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 21, in 140 Schaeffer. His lecture is sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

De Armas, who teaches in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, will examine the work of Cervantes through the context of Italian Renaissance art. "Although there has been much discussion of Cervantes and the Renaissance, most if not all critics have ignored art while discussing his models," he said.

Before joining the faculty at Chicago, De Armas was Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature at Pennsylvania State University. He has also taught at Duke University, Louisiana State University and the University of Missouri. This past summer De Armas directed an National Endowment for the Humanities Seminar for College and University Faculty, "Recapturing the Renaissance: Cervantes and Italian Art."

De Armas has written extensively on literature of the European Renaissance and baroque. His recent publications include "Cervantes, Raphael and the Classics" (Cambridge University Press, 1998) and "European Literary Careers: The Author from Antiquity to the Renaissance" (University of Toronto Press, 2002). He recently curated an exhibit on literature and painting at the University of Chicago Smart Museum of Art. He is currently working on a another publication titled "Quixotic Frescoes: Cervantes and the Italian Renaissance."

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